What Is a Boom Truck?
A boom truck utilizes a winch to recover heavy things or transport supplies to places which are normally inaccessible. Like for example, they are usually utilized to reach the top of a building, maneuvering materials over a ditch or to a hillside.
Bigger trucks are equipped with a boom winch which is mounted in the bed of a truck. It is capable of moving construction items and other equipment from the side of the street to a particular place. There is another boom truck design that is equipped with a cherry picker. This model enables arborists to access treetops easily.
Terex's Stinger BT 3063 model has a reach of 113-feet and is equipped with both stabilizers and outriggers. A boom truck can range from an aerial work platform that is moved by a hydraulic lifting device that is mounted on the bed, up to a Class 8 tractor-trailer rig with a bucket. It is also possible to have a customized boom lift made to suit the particular requirements of the buyer.
Bucket trucks are cherry pickers which could raise employees to great heights. Normally, cherry pickers or buckets transport employees from the ground up to high areas such as treetops, the sides of a building, up utility poles or for fire department rescue and firefighting.
The boom platform could be operated from the truck's cab by remote. Either the boom is mounted on the bed of a large truck or on a separate trailer. Bigger booms need outriggers which extend horizontally from the truck in order to stabilize and level out the crane throughout its use.
This type of boom truck has a cab-over-engine which has a control cluster that can move the boom from inside the cab. It is often a panel in the boom itself on the side of the bed.